CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Here’s Esquires list of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. Where did your favourite feature?

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a50565/best-christmas-movies-of-all-time/

TOP GUN FACTS

In the meantime here are 31 things you probably didn’t know about the 80s action movie.

1. More love scenes please

The lift love scene between Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise was only added after test audiences demanded more obvious romance. 

McGillis had already cut her hair and dyed it darker for another movie role, which is why she’s wearing a baseball cap and the bedroom scene is all in silhouette.

2. We nearly didn’t get Kenny

Kenny Loggins wasn’t actually the first choice for Danger Zone. Toto and REO Speedwagon were offered the chance first, before the honour went to Kenny.

3. All the actors Maverick could have been played by

There were a lot of actors in the running for the Maverick role – Sean Penn, Matthew Modine, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Matthew Broderick, Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks.

4. The theme song could have been very different

The Top Gun team asked Bryan Adams to allow them to use his song Only The Strong Survive on the film’s soundtrack but he refused as he felt the film glorified war. 

5. A pilot died during filming

The film is dedicated to Art Scholl, a stunt pilot who was killed during production when his plane went into a tailspin and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

6. The director was fired…more than once

Director Tony Scott was fired three times during production. Once was for making Kelly McGillis look beautiful in a way the studio considered “whorish”. Naughty Tony.

7. It was pitched as ‘Star Wars on Earth’

The film was pitched as “Star Wars on Earth” – it was based on an article that appeared in Californiamagazine in 1983. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer read the piece and pitched it to his producing partner, Don Simpson. 

8. There was only one actor who didn’t get sick

Anthony Edwards, who plays Goose, was reportedly the only one of the actors not to vomit when flying in the fighter jets. Well done Anthony.

9. How much?

Flying was more than a little bit costly. Every hour of F-14 flight cost Paramount $10,000.

10. But it did make A LOT of money

Top Gun was the highest grossing film on 1986 with $177 million in the US. The second and third spots were taken by Crocodile Dundee and Platoon. 

11. There was going to be a sequel – it was even written

It would follow Maverick as an instructor at the Top Gun academy with a female pilot reminiscent of his younger self coming under his charge. It was far too expensive so canned.

…but now there’s a sequel back in the works, lucky us!

12. Goose’s actual name

Goose’s actual name is Nick Bradshaw. You’re forgiven for not knowing this as it’s never mentioned in the film.

13. Studio’s thoughts on the movie

One of the notes the producers received from the studio, Paramount, was “Too much flying”.

14. McGillis was too tall

At 5’10”, Kelly McGillis was three inches taller than Tom Cruise. McGillis was asked to act barefoot after the studio raised concerns over the height difference.

15. There were other directors in the running

John Carpenter and David Cronenberg were both in the running to direct before Tony Scott (Ridley’s brother) was signed.

16. Recruitment for the Navy

Producer John Davis claimed that Top Gun was really a recruiting video for the Navy. He thought the public’s reaction would be: “Wow! I want to be a pilot.” Well…it worked. 

The US Navy said the amount of young men who wanted to be Naval Aviators went up 500% after the movie’s release.

17. Children’s movie cameos

The Disney movie Planes (2013), had a small tribute to Top Gun . Both Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards were also used in the voice cast. 

18. There’s no trophy

There is no Top Gun Trophy in real life. Life isn’t the same with this knowledge, I know. You either pass the course or you don’t. 

19. *Geek alert* plane mistakes

When Maverick is going into a flat spin, you hear a voice while the camera pans over to look at the rear of his F-14. They say: “Engine 1 is out” and the right engine flames out.

This would have actually been Engine 2, because Engine 1 is the left engine. Little bit of geek plane fact for you there.

20. Another one?

Anytime Maverick “puts on the brakes”, it shows him pushing the throttle quadrant forward and pulling back on the stick.

This would have actually put him in a full-afterburner climb, but that doesn’t make you stop and it wouldn’t work in a medium speed tail chase. The air brake doesn’t do much for the F14, because it’s too small and not deployable at full power.

21. You can visit the bar they sing in

Maverick, Goose, and their dates sing in a bar, which is real and is still open.

It’s called Kansas City BBQ, and is on Harbor Drive in San Diego, California. In 2008, there was a fire that destroyed a lot of memorabilia. The piano is still there, and they still offer Top Gun t-shirts. 

22. I’ve seen those missiles before

The US Navy offered a lot of assistance to director Tony Scott while filming. They did, however, tell him that he could only fire the F-14’s missiles twice. Scott filmed them both, then decided to reuse those same shots throughout the movie.

23. China used the footage

In 2011, the Chinese government showed scenes from Top Gun , but they claimed it was the Chinese Air Force. 

24. Why did Goose have to die?

The writers said it was a tough decision to kill off Goose, but they needed to an emotional element to the movie.

25. Kilmer and Cruise didn’t get on

In case you missed it, there was a lot of tension between Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. That wasn’t acting. The two never interacted on set and didn’t get along.

26. Ray Bans got a boost

Ray Ban sunglasses have a lot to thank Top Gun for, the brand got a nice boost in sales during 1986.

27. Shirtless scenes were added later

The locker room and volleyball scenes where Maverick and his colleagues are shirtless were added later – so Tom Cruise could show his body off for his female fans.

28. Why did they have those patches?

The Seabees patches were worn on the jackets because the Navy Seabees helped build the set. The Seabees are a construction unit.

29. Going where VHS had never gone before

The VHS 1987 release of Top Gun was the first time the format featured an official commercial before the movie. There was a 60-second long Top Gun-inspired Diet Pepsi ad – it allowed US retailers to drop the price by three dollars. Every little helps.

30. So many parodies and homages

It’s inspired so many parodies and homages from Hot Shots!, to Saturday Night Live sketches and who could forget Will Young’s video for Switch It On.

The weirdest has to be Quentin Tarantino’s discussion of the homoerotic subtext in his cameo on the 1994 rom-com Sleep With Me.

31. There’s a sequel FINALLY on the way

Most importantly, after all these years there’s a a sequel on the way. Production company Skydance revealed in 2015 they had chosen Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) to write a screenplay for a follow up.

CEO David Ellison said the film will focus on drone technology and fifth generation fighters, while Val Kilmer confirmed on Facebook he will be returning as Iceman alongside Tom Cruise. Now Tom Cruise has shared a photo from the movie saying #Day1.

AVENGERS: FACTS

More than five decades, 500 issues, and one record-shattering movie later, the team dubbed “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” stands out as one of the legendary duo Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s greatest creations.

Over half a century of history, an ever-changing roster of Avengers has assembled to tangle with all kinds of enemies. And like most long-running superhero teams (*cough* X-Men *cough), the ongoing narrative has gotten pretty confusing at times. Thankfully, you don’t need to be an Avengers scholar to appreciate some of the most interesting aspects of the team’s long and storied history. Luckily, you don’t need to read all 51 years’ worth of issues to enjoy the newest Marvel blockbuster. Just use these 10 nuggets to regale your fellow fans in the box office line. 

1. Captain America Wasn’t Part Of The Original Team

The Marvel movie-verse may have cast America’s favorite super-soldier as a founding member of the team, but Captain America didn’t actually join up until the fourth issue of The Avengers comic series. The team—which had dropped to four members due to the Hulk’s departure—encountered a mysterious, frozen man in the ocean while chasing Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Lo and behold, the frozen fellow turned out to be Steve “Captain America” Rogers. After thawing him out, the existing Avengers team granted Captain America “founding member” status in place of Hulk, and the rest is comic-book history.

2. Daredevil’s Missed Deadline Made The Avengers Possible

If not for a delay in sending Daredevil #1to the printer, the Avengers might never have existed. According to Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Publishing, Tom Brevoort, when the publisher realized that the first issue of Daredevil wasn’t going to be ready in time for its scheduled print run, Stan Lee proposed the idea of bringing a bunch of existing Marvel characters togetherto form a team like DC’s Justice League of America. By doing so, they wouldn’t need to create complicated origin stories for the individual members, which would allow the squad to jump right into whatever adventure Lee and Kirby could come up with on short notice. The pair brainstormed for a while and came up with the Avengers, then hastily put together the first issue and sent it off to the printer. 

3. The Wasp Came Up With The Team’s Name

After the five heroes of The Avengers #1decided to work together, they needed a name. Thankfully, the size-changing heroine Janet van Dyne—a.k.a. The Wasp—was there with the right suggestion. “It should be something colorful and dramatic like ‘The Avengers,’ or…” she said, only to be interrupted by Ant-Man. “Or nothing! That’s it! The Avengers!” he announced.

One can’t help wondering what her second suggestion was going to be—and why she was left out of the movie series, given this key moment in the team’s history.

4. And Then They Were Villains…

Since their earliest rosters, the Avengers have always experienced a lot of turnover. After Hulk left in the second issue, the team added Captain America in the fourth issue, only to have everyone except Captain America depart the team in The Avengers #16. The original four members were quickly replaced by three new additions: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye. These rookie Avengers were interesting choices for a top super-team since they were previously villains in the Marvel Comics universe. Few superhero teams had ever undergone such a unique lineup change, and the transition is still regarded as one of the most amazing stunts a superhero comic has ever pulled.

5. Marvel Had “The Avengers” Trademarked In 1970

It only took a few years for Marvel to realize they had something special in the Avengers, so it’s no surprise that the publisher didn’t trademark the team’s name until 1970. However, the company ran into some trouble when the 2012 movie screened across the ocean, as the British version of the The Avengers—a spy series that aired during the 1960s—pre-dated Marvel’s superhero team. The legal wranglings were eventually settled with some clever re-titling of the film in certain markets, including Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK.

6. The Avengers #1 Hit Shelves The Same Month As Uncanny X-Men #1

The Avengers weren’t the only new team to hits newsstands in September 1963. Marvel’s merry team of mutants also made their debut that month in Uncanny X-Men #1, and the two teams’ paths have crossed plenty of times over the course of their adventures.

7. Hulk’s Buddy And Tony Stark’s Butler Are “Honorary Avengers”

The team has had many “honorary members” over the years—usually friends, family, and allies who have assisted the team in its battles. The first-ever inductee as an “honorary member” was Rick Jones, the man Bruce Banner saved from a gamma bomb’s explosion by sacrificing his own body. Rick later became the Hulk’s “sidekick” of sorts and was instrumental convincing the new team that Hulk wasn’t the evil behemoth they originally believed him to be. In later issues, Tony Stark’s butler, Jarvis (a human in the comics, not the computerized entity familiar to movie fans) was also granted “honorary member” status.

8. Not Everyone Accepts Avengers Membership 

Of the many heroes who have been offered membership in the Avengers, several prominent characters turned the team down at one point or another. Both Spider-Man and Daredevil initially declined to join the team when offered a spot on the roster, with the two heroes each offering a similar reason for their decision: They want to keep their crime-fighting close to home. It’s worth noting, though, that both heroes did eventually join the team, but only in recent years—long after they were first offered membership.

9. Even Superhero Teams Can Franchise

The Avengers may be the team that unites to battle threats that no single hero can handle alone, but what if there’s more than one threat? That’s the question that the team hoped to answer with West Coast Avengers, a team that debuted in 1984 and featured several members of the Avengers roster splintering off to form a new group of heroes based in Los Angeles.

With the original Avengers team handing things from their headquarters in New York City, the new team—led by Hawkeye—kept the other side of the country safe from supervillains. Subsequent years—and the popularity of The Avengers among readers—would lead to several more spin-off teams and series outside the primary The Avengers series, such as the Secret Avengers and New Avengers. Some of them were even a bit unofficial, such as the hapless, accident-prone Great Lakes Avengers, who often managed to save the world despite their own ineptitude.

10. The Avengers Had A Crossover With David Letterman In 1984

Yes, you read that correctly. Way back in 1984, Late Night With David Lettermanwas cruising along at the height of its popularity and The Avengers was doing pretty well for Marvel. Naturally, the powers-that-be saw serious crossover potential. The result was a single-issue story that saw several members of The Avengers—including Hawkeye, Black Panther, Black Widow, Wonder Man, and the X-Men’s Beast—appearing on Letterman’s show, only to be ambushed by a pitiful villain who attempted to fry them with camera-mounted lasers. Letterman saved the day, though, when he hit the bad guy over the head with a giant doorknob. Seriously. This actually happened

HOW TO BE A FILM EXTRA

Most major film productions need extras or ‘background artists’, non-speaking characters to play, for example, the onlookers at an orgy (Eyes Wide Shut), customers in a street market (Notting Hill) or the audience at the Coliseum (Gladiator). 

And you don’t have to look like a supermodel of have the thespian capabilities of John Gielgud. Movies need people of all ages and shapes and sizes. Acting experience, even in school plays or amateur dramatics, helps but is not essential. 

Would-be extras need a copy of Contacts, an annual directory which lists extras casting agencies (published by Spotlight and available from some branches of Waterstones or by mail order for £9.99 plus postage and packing). Phone 0207 437 7631 for details. 

There are dozens of agencies dotted around the country. Some will not charge for putting you on their books but take 15% commission from your earnings. Others will deduct just the normal 11% commission but charge a registration fee, which may be around £100. {3}

They will generally want you to send in a CV, outlining any experience and any special talents or features you may have – you’re six feet six inches tall and you can juggle, for example – a good quality photograph, and a stamped addressed envelope.

‘A good, reputable agency will not sign anyone up without conducting a face-to-face interview,’ says Tony Gerrard, general manager of Ray Knight Casting which has provided extras for Notting Hill and the last three Bond films, among many others, and is currently casting for Dinotopia, a fantasy mini-series being shot at Pinewood Studios.

‘Remember that anyone can set up an agency and claim to be casting for all sorts so beware of sending money off to an organisation you know nothing about,’ adds Gerrard.

‘The hardest thing is to identify a professional and competent agency,’ agrees Spencer MacDonald, national organiser for the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU).

‘Ask how long an agency has been established, how much work they’ve had over the last few months and carefully check their terms and conditions.’

‘When you do get on the books of a good company, you can expect an average of one job a fortnight. Most successful extras treat it as an unusual and interesting hobby,’ adds MacDonald. 

An extra is typically paid £64.50 for a nine-hour day, inclusive of lunch. Thereafter they get £12.09 an hour. There are extra payments for utilising special skills and often travel expenses are available.

Paul Kirby, 54, who is on the books at Ray Knight Casting, first worked as an extra in 1966 on The Dirty Dozen. He has been in hundreds of productions since, most recently working on Dinotopia.

‘Most of the stars are very courteous and will always give you a ‘good morning’ but you must remember that that’s not an invitation to start a conversation,’ he says.

‘I think of the job as being like going to a party without the booze: you know a lot of the people there and most of your time is spent standing around chatting to them.’ 

DO Treat it seriously Be prepared to be available at short notice Turn up on time Switch off your mobile Be silent on set Look after your costume 

DON’T Fail to show up Breeze up to Johnny Depp, fling your arms around him and say ‘Fancy a kiss, gorgeous?’ Take a camera Take criticism/out-and-out abuse personally Make ‘helpful’ suggestions to the director

CAPTAIN MARVEL FACTS

Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Source). The Captain Marvel movie is the 21st movie from Marvel Studios that tell the story of Captain Marvel ( Carol Danvers ). Here are some interesting facts about Captain Mavel that will help you more understand her! Let’s start 😀

Interesting facts about Captain Marvel

1.  Question: Will Captain Marvel movie earn $1 billion?

It is also the 7th Movie from Marvel studios to hit the $1 billion mark at the box office.

2. Who is Carol Danvers?

Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel, is the first female superhero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to lead a movie.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Marvel_(film)

3. Who wrote the Captain Marvel movie?

Among the creators of the storyline are four female script writers – Meg LaFauve, Nicole Perlman, Anna Boden, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet – and a male script writer, Ryan Fleck

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Marvel_(film)

4. Is Captain Marvel human?

Due to a past incident, Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel is not fully human. She is half human, half Kree.

Source: https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Carol_Danvers_(Earth-616)

5. Will Captain Marvel come to Netflix?

The movie will not be coming to Netflix in the US. However, it will be available in some other regions.

Source: www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/when-will-captain-marvel-be-coming-to-netflix/amp/

6. Captain Marvel vs Avengers: Infinity Wars?

In terms of earnings, the Captain Marvel movie has the second largest opening weekend for a superhero movie, next to Avengers: Infinity Wars.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Marvel_(film)

7. Who played Captain Marvel?

Unsurprisingly, the movie features an all-star cast. The lead role, Carol Danvers, is played  by actress Brie Larson who has an Oscar award.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Marvel_(film) 

8. What are Carol Danvers’ flaws?

From the comic books, Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel was once an alcoholic, but she eventually overcame alcoholism with the help of Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.

Source: https://screenrant.com/captain-marvel-worst-things-happen-to-carol-danvers-tragedies/

9. Who is Captain Marvel’s love interest?

From the comics, Carol Danvers has been romantically involved with some super hero characters like Wonder Man, The Wolverine, and James Rhodes a.k a. War Machine.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-strange-loves-of-carol-danvers%3famp

10. How old is Carol Danvers?

Carol Danvers has an age ranging from late 20’s to early 30’s. However, her body does not age, partially due to her being half alien.

Source: www.inverse.com/amp/article/53855-avengers-endgame-spoilers-captain-marvel-why-carol-danvers-doesn-t-age

11. Are there other Captain Marvels?

The title of Captain Marvel has being held by several other superheroes such as Monica Rambeau, Marvel Boy, Genis-Vell, and Mar-Vell.

Source: https://www.cbr.com/every-captain-marvel-ranked/amp/

12. Captain Marvel movie world record?

A Captain Marvel fan broke the world record for the number of times a movie has been seen at a cinema. He watched the Captain Marvel movie 116 times, smashing the previous record of 104.

TOP 10 MARVEL CHARACTERS

Marvel has carved a name for itself as one of The Big Two in the comic book world by creating a stable of superheroes that everyone can relate to. Even though they are super-powered beings, they are nowhere near perfect or omnipotent; their many human flaws give fans an easy way to relate to them. They have so many well-known characters, it is no surprise they have held onto the number one spot for so long.

With this huge list of fan favorites, Marvelcontinues to blaze a trail throughout the world of comics. Take a look at who made the cut for the top spots on the Marvel charts and who got left behind.

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Spider-Man

 Spider-Man. Copyright Marvel

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has stuck himself into the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. He is easily the most recognizable franchise character that Marvel has in their stable and appears in video games, television shows, countless comic book series, and even as a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. One of the main reasons Spider-Man resonates so well with people is that he is an everyman. He is just a young kid trying to fit in, make a living, go to school, and win the heart of his favorite girl. Even though as Peter Parker he never seems to get a break, Spider-Man is always there to save the day, and with a quip or two for good measure.

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Wolverine 

 Wolverine. Copyright Marvel

Wolverine is one of Marvel’s top tough guys. Even with the mystery of Logan’s past being dispelled he’s still well-liked. Wolverine is a character that has surpassed the team he started out on to be one of those characters that Marvel uses to boost the sales of other comic books. He has even gone on to be the main part of many X-Men series, The Avengers, and his own title. This success has even transferred over to the silver screen with his own line of movies. Wolverine is without a doubt one of the top Marvel characters and will be for some time to come.

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The Incredible Hulk

 The Incredible Hulk. Copyright Marvel

The big bad green machine is a staple among kids and adults. Most people know the words, “Hulk Smash!”. Maybe it is the Hulk’s massive strength, or the rage he is allowed to let out, or the constant struggle to just be left alone that people identify with that make him so popular. 

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Captain America

 Captain America. Copyright Marvel

The Star-Spangled Avenger has quickly risen to the top of the charts with the renewed interest in The Avengers, both in comic form and big screen. He is truly an American character but is still well known the world over. He is truly the best that America has to offer and will even go against his own government to protect the ideals that make America great. His noble attitude and brave spirit bring fans of all ages over to his side. He is a true leader in the world of comics, television, and the big screen.

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Iron Man

 Iron Man. Copyright Marvel

At one time, Iron Man was a bit of a second stringer in the world of comics. Sure he had his own title, but it wasn’t until he took the spotlight both in the world of comics with his government role in Civil War and in the world of motion pictures for him to become a fan favorite. Iron Man the movie rocketed to the top of the charts and brought Iron Man the character to a whole new generation of fans. Even with his demons, Tony Stark will continue to rise as one of Marvel’s top characters.

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Thor

 Thor. Copyright Marvel

Thor is one of the first Avengers and the first son of Asgard. He has been cast down to live as a mortal for his impetuous acts and learned at the hands of men what it means to truly become a hero. Having since been restored as a true god of the north, Thor lives not only to protect his world but his second home of Earth. The Thor comic book series has recently seen an uptick in popularity due to the title of Thor being passed on to a female character. His cinematic portrayal has also made him popular with many new fans. 

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Daredevil

 Daredevil. Copyright Marvel

The protector of Hell’s Kitchen by night, and champion of the people as a lawyer by day, Matt Murdock is the man without fear. He prowls the rooftops, watching over the citizens of his neighborhood when no one else will. Daredevil does all these things, even though he is blind, with his super senses and constant training. He battles against a whole network of thugs, villains, and criminals led by a ruthless mastermind, The Kingpin. With so much stacked against him, Daredevil tackles each obstacle in front of him with grace and finesse and that is something people can admire.

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Punisher

 The Punisher. Copyright Marvel

One of Marvel’s first anti-hero‘s (and one of comic-dom’s first as a whole), The Punisher did things in a way no other hero had before him. He killed those that committed crimes using his skills and modern weapons. He is tough as nails and unwavering in his mission to rid the earth of the scum that crawls on it. The Punisher, while maybe not as well known as Spider-Man, is still a popular character as many people identify with how he gets things done. Wishing they could take justice into their own hands as well. He is very noteworthy as, without Frank Castle, the world of comics may not have become as dark and gritty as it is now. The Punisher started readers down that dark path and the world of comics has been changed forever.

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Silver Surfer

 Silver Surfer. Copyright Marvel

The isolation of being alone amongst the stars, giving up his life so that his loved ones may live, defying the ultimate power in the universe to save Earth and his new found friends, the Silver Surfer has done all these things and more in his lifetime. He is a cosmic powered alien being that is different from the rest of the Marvel universe characters.

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The Thing 

 The Thing. Copyright Marvel

It’s clobberin’ time! How many of us know that catchphrase? The Thing is so well known and likable for his common man sensibility and his plight of being trapped in a monstrous body. All he wants is to not be a superhero and return to a normal life. In the meantime, he is one of the most well-known members of The Fantastic Four and takes his frustrations out on the bad guys. Ol’ blue eyes is one character that people love and will continue to be a fan favorite.

STAR WARS FACTS

1. Yoda was almost played by a monkey.

According to the book The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler, George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane.

2. “Ewok” was never spoken in the original trilogy.

The word “Ewok” is never uttered by a character in the original trilogy. Although, the species is identified in the script and closing credits.

3. Boba Fett’s face is actually visible in the original movies.

You may think you never see Boba Fett’s face in the original trilogy, but the actor who played Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, did stand in for an Imperial officer at the last minute.

4. “I have a bad feeling about this” became a running gag for the franchise.

The phrase “I have a bad feeling about this” or “I have a very bad feeling about this” is said in every Star Warsmovie.

5. Return of the Jedi almost had a very different ending.

In a story development session for Return of the Jedi, George Lucas toyed with the idea that after Luke removes dying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on, proclaims “Now I am Vader” and turns to the dark side.





6. ‘N Sync nearly had a cameo in Attack of the Clones.

Boy band ‘N Sync made a cameo in Attack of the Clonesat the request of George Lucas’ daughter. They were edited out of the final cut. Bye, bye, bye, Justin Timberlake.

7. Yoda has no determined species.

Yoda’s species has never been named. A mystery, it is.

8. Yoda is not a Muppet.

Legendary Muppeteer Frank Oz voiced Yoda and Jim Henson oversaw his creation, but he was built by a member of Lucasfilm. So don’t expect to see him at Kermit’s holiday party.

9. Depending on what movie you’re watching, Yoda has a different number of toes.

In The Phantom Menace, Yoda has three toes. But in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, he has four.


10. There are no female fighter pilots in the original trilogy.

Even though female fighter pilots were in the original screenplay, they were removed from final cut.

11. Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey share almost the exact same production crew.

George Lucas admired Stanley Kubrik, and when he set out to make Star Wars, he hired so many people who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey that the group was referred to as “The Class of 2001.”

12. The Star Wars prequels used computer animation to create legions of Clone Troopers

No physical suit of armor was ever built for the Clone Troopers in the prequels. Every single Clone Trooper was computer animated.

13. Qui-Gon Jinn used a Gillette razor for his communicator.

In Episode 1, the personal communicator used by Qui-Gon Jinn is actually made from a resin cast of a Gillette Ladies Sensor Excell Razor. Now that’s smooth.

14. E.T. was in The Phantom Menace — sort of.

The alien race of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial makes an appearance in Episode I: The Phantom Menace — officially connecting the worlds of Lucas and Spielberg sci-fi. A senator and his delegation from planet Brodo Asogi are present in the Grand Convocation Chamber when Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence.

15. Ewoks speak Tibetan.

The Ewok language is a combination of Tibetan and Nepalese.




16. David Lynch passed on directing Jedi.

Acclaimed film director David Lynch passed when George Lucas asked him to direct Return of the Jedi.

17. Darth Vader is banned from all official Star Wars events.

David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader (in form, not voice), is banned from attending official Star Wars conventions because George Lucas finds him annoying.

18. The sound of a TIE fighter engine is actually an elephant.

The sound of a TIE Fighter engine was created by combining an elephant bellow and a car driving on wet pavement.

19. Chewbacca’s voice is an eclectic mix of other animals.

Chewbacca’s voice is a mix of bears, walruses, lions, badgers and other dying animals.


20. The lightsaber noise comes from the familiar hum of an old television.

The noise a lightsaber makes is created by combining the hum of an old television’s picture tube and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.

21. You can use Star Warscollectible coins as real money.

The tiny South Pacific island of Niue accepts limited edition Star Wars collectible coins as legal tender.

22. Liam Neeson was too tall for Star Wars.

The sets for The Phantom Menace were only as tall as the actors, but they didn’t account for 6’4″ Liam Neeson. They had to rebuild all the door frames for Qui-Gon Jinn, which racked up an additional $150,000 in production costs.

23. There are enough fan tribute videos to recreate A New Hopeand Empire Strikes Back.

There are shot-for-shot re-creations of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back made entirely of campy fan tribute videos.

24. Jabba the Hut was originally meant to be furry.

Originally, Jabba the Hut was not conceived as a grimy slug, but as a fuzzy creature.


25. George Lucas left the Directors Guild because of A New Hope.

George Lucas paid a fine and resigned from the Directors Guild rather than start Episode IV with a traditional credit sequence.

26. The iconic opening credits were created in an unorthodox way.

Filmmakers used a physical crawl to shoot the opening credits in the original films.

27. Harrison Ford almost wasn’t Han Solo.

Burt Reynolds was among the top contenders to play Han Solo, along with Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Christopher Walken.

28. Empire Strikes Back uses the most stop-motion animation.

Of all the films in the franchise, Empire utilizes the most stop-motion animation.

29. Cliff Clavin makes a cameo in Empire.

Cheers and Toy Story actor John Ratzenberger has a brief appearance inEmpire Strikes Back. He’s the one who tells Han not to go out into the cold to look for Luke. Then he sits down for a beer with Norm.

30. Han Solo almost died at the end of Jedi.

Gary Kurtz, the original producer of Return of the Jedi, said that in the early story outline, Han Solo dies and the Rebel forces are left in tatters, with Luke disappearing into the wilderness. But George Lucas thought killing off main characters would hurt toy sales, so he changed the ending to a big Ewok party.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

This is the ground-breaking work by George Lucas, loosely based on his friends and his experiences as a teenager living in the San Joaquin Valley at the beginning of the 1960s, a time of gentle naiveté and innocence. There are no words to describe the edgy sweetness and humor that permeates this ensemble story of friends and enemies, jocks, brains, and punks maneuvering through the stultifying heat of the last weekend of summer vacation, 1962. 

American Graffiti is a comedy, a drama, a tragedy, a musical, and a reminder of what small-town America once was, a mere forty years ago. From its breezy humor to its excruciating last moments (I remember theater-goers stunned in their seats, sobbing after the credits were done), Lucas’s first major hit hits home. American Graffiti is pure magic.
 

JOHN WICK FACTS

15 THERE ARE PLANS TO MAKE A SPIN-OFF FILM

Since the surprise success of 2014’s John Wick, that movie and its two sequels have become a popular franchise. As a result, plans for a spin-off film named Ballerina have been announced. Details about the film are still relatively scant so far but the movie is said to be about a young woman training to be an assassin in order to get revenge on those who took her family’s lives.

14 LAST-MINUTE DECISION

Despite some people perceiving the John Wick films as typical action movies, they actually are outside the norm in several ways. For example, John Wick Chapter 2 introduced Ares, a mute assassin who communicates through sign language. Arguably one of that film’s best aspects, Ruby Rose’s character originally was going to speak until director Chad Stahelski made her mute just before filming began.

13LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP

Considering how expertly crafted the John Wickmovies are, it is all the more impressive that the films are directed by Chad Stahelski since he was a stuntman before working on them. Thankfully, Keanu Reeves had faith in the first time director which makes sense given they’ve known each other for years since Stahelski was the actor’s stunt double during The Matrix movies.

12JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 HAD A STRANGE RELEASE IN AUSTRALIA

Actually a hit on an international level, John Wickwas released around the world and it did well enough in Australia that it was the movie’s third-best market outside North America. Despite that, when John Wick Chapter 2 was released it didn’t come out in Australia until two and a half months after it hit theaters in most of the world’s countries.

11 WILDLY OUTPERFORMING ITS PREDECESSOR

As anyone who follows the movie business closely will know, over time most movie franchises make less money at the box office. Fortunately for everyone involved in this series, that certainly hasn’t been the case so far. Instead, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum made more money in its opening weekend than the first film in the series brought in during its entire theatrical run.

10EXTENSIVE TRAINING

Ever since John Wick first took the cinematic world by storm, much has been made of how much training Keanu Reeves has done to pull the series’ main character off. Also, no slouch when it comes to her work ethic, Halle Berry worked on her combat skills and fitness for six months prior to appearing on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’s set.

9ALFIE ALLEN WAS CAST FOR A LESS THAN FLATTERING REASON

Due to the fact that John Wick spends the entirety of the first movie hunting Losef Tarasov down, it was imperative that viewers were fine with his efforts to dispatch the villain. For that reason, the movie’s director and one of its producers were overjoyed to find Alfie Allen since he was very nice in real life but seemed like a jerk on film.

8KEANU’S INCREDIBLE WORK ETHIC

Based on how many dynamic action scenes the John Wick movies include, it is pretty obvious that filming them must be somewhat arduous for series star Keanu Reeves. As it turns out, that was especially true for the actor when they filmed the nightclub scene from the first movie since he had the flu at the time and was running a 104° fever.

7THERE IS GOING TO BE A TV SHOW SPIN-OFF

Earlier on in this list, we looked at the fact that there are plans for a John Wick spin-off movie to be released in the not too distant future. On top of that, a TV show that exists in the franchise’s universe is also coming soon. Titled The Continental, the series will focus on the hotel introduced in the movies and will be produced by Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski.

6 BACON SMEAR

When it comes to the reasons we love John Wick, the character’s love for dogs is one of the biggest. Exemplified during a scene in the first film in which the young pup and John Wick share a bed, the dog smothered its human friend with kisses once they both woke up. In order to make that happen, Keanu Reeves’ face was smeared with bacon grease when they shot that scene.

5 UNLIKELY INSPIRATION

During a 2017 interview with Empire, director Chad Stahelski revealed that movies like The Sound of Music and Singin’ in the Rain have heavily influenced the John Wick series. This is the case because he sees fight scenes as a dance of sorts and he even said: “I don’t want to reach and say it was a musical, but it was meant to be a live performance based on dance.”

4A FAMOUS PRODUCER

Let’s face facts, we all know that most moviegoers pay very little attention to a film’s credits. Interestingly enough, however, if you pay attention to the first John Wick film’s credits you’ll notice the name Eva Longoria listed among its producers. It seems she didn’t have a hands-on role though as during his commentary track director Chad Stahelski said of the famed actor: “Never met her…but we thank her for writing a check!”

3HALLE BERRY’S BROKEN BONES

Earlier in this list, we touched on just how committed Halle Berry was to pulling off her role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. What we didn’t reveal at the time was that during an interview with Extra, Halle Berry revealed that she “broke three ribs” during rehearsals for the film. Thankfully, she wasn’t too upset about the injury and even referred to it as a “badge of honor”.

2SERIOUS INJURY

From one entry about an injury to another, the way Michael Nyqvist was hurt during the filming of the first John Wick movie was a lot more serious than Halle Berry’s broken ribs, unfortunately. After all, while shooting a scene for the film, Nyqvist’s ear was cut so badly that it reportedly was hanging on his shoulder and the injury required 80 stitches to repair.

1 JOHN WICK WAS INITIALLY CONCEIVED AS A MUCH OLDER CHARACTER

At this point, when we think about John Wick, it is Keanu Reeves and how dynamically he moves while playing the character that comes to mind. Evidently, that almost wasn’t the case as the film’s main character was originally supposed to be in his mid-60s. When you really think about it, that makes a lot of sense considering Wick is retired and has attained a mythological status in the underworld.

X-MEN FOR PHASE 6

The X-Men will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it might not be until Phase 6 of the MCU. The Disney/Fox merger brought a lot of titles and characters to the Mouse House, among them the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. The mutants’ storyline recently came to an end with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, so the characters are ready for a fresh start in the MCU.

During the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige confirmed the X-Men are coming to the MCU, but didn’t give any details. Prior to this reveal, Feige unveiled the slate for the MCU’s Phase 4 and teased two projects in development that could be part of Phase 5, but it’s unlikely that the X-Men will be included in it, with Marvel instead waiting until Phase 6 at the earliest.